The Leesville City Council voted Monday to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the the Vernon Parish Police Jury to establish a recycling site at the City of Leesville's Public Works yard.


The Leesville City Council voted Monday to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the the Vernon Parish Police Jury to establish a recycling site at the City of Leesville's Public Works yard.
"The city and the parish are working together to establish a recycling point," said Leesville Mayor Robert Rose during the meeting.
According to Rose, the parish will both build and man the site, if the city will provide space within the Public Works yard.
Rose said that as Redtown Road is realigned, people will be able to gain access to the site, which will also be fenced off from the Public Works yard.
Last week, the Vernon Parish Police Jury  approved a request to become an affiliate with Keep America Beautiful in order to be eligible for grants for a parish recycling program. Initial certification fee is $4,000, with a $250, annual network fee.
Leesville's Redtown Road, just south of Boone Street on Hwy. 171, is set to be realigned so that it coincides with the entrance to Wal-Mart.
"The whole idea is to improve traffic flow on 171," said Nick Verret, district engineer for this area with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). "This (project) will consolidate the two (intersections of Redtown Road and the Wal-Mart entrance and exit) into one intersection, which should greatly improve the flow of traffic."
According to Verret, the City of Leesville is in the process of executing a right-of-way agreement with Kansas City Southern Railway.  
"After this is done, federal funding will need to be obtained for the new railroad crossing with signals and gates that will be installed on the new alignment," he said. "Since the right-of-way has not yet been obtained, we do not know at this time when the project will be let."